Located in southern Africa, Angola is a culturally diverse nation that offers tourists a range of unique cultural experiences depending on which region of the country they are visiting. With the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast, there is ample opportunity for tourists to enjoy the beaches, aquatic life and water sports.
What you need to know about travel to Angola
Canadians are required to have a passport that is valid for at least six months past their departure date from the country. Tourist, transit, business, employment and student visas are required. To qualify for a visa, you must get a criminal clearance certificate from your local police department, and you must obtain the visa before arrival. Tourist visas are restricted to 30 days. You must also be in possession of a return ticket.
Crime is common, and it’s important that you try to blend in with the locals. Avoid travelling alone after dark and always be aware of your surroundings. Avoid using public transportation if possible. Portuguese is the official language in the country, but six other nationally recognized languages are also spoken by locals.
The currency used in the country is the Angolan kwanza (AOA). It can be exchanged at bureaus in Luanda, but it cannot be converted on the international market. Note that the currency cannot be taken out of the country. Credit cards are accepted at major hotels; VISA is the most commonly accepted card.
Heavy rains from November to April can cause flooding and travel delays. Roads may be washed out.
Top attractions in Angola
When you are not spending time in the country’s capital city of Luanda, there are many unique attractions to explore. Consider visiting the Valley of the Moon; Kalandula Falls on the Lucala River; Pungo Andongo, an unusual natural rock formation; Tazua Falls, one of the richest sources of diamonds in the country; and Luanda Island, located just off the shore of the capital city.
If you are a beach person, check out Coatinha Beach, which is part of Benguela Bay. The country is also known for its national parks, including Cameia, Cangandala, Iona and Mupa.
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|Population (2012):||20,820,525||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Diesel (2012):||0.42||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline (2012):||0.63||1.23 (2013)|